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concern. in north korea's capital thousands rallied in support of their leader. kim jong-un shouting death to the imperialists and that followed a clear message to the u.s. in which stealth bombers and b-52s dropped weapons just a few miles from north korea. the display was part of a drill, but president kim responded by ordering his missiles to be ready to strike the u.s. and south korea. north korea's weapons can't travel far enough to reach the u.s. >> former south african president nelson mandela is in good spirits as he recovers from persistent lung infection. the 94-year-old was admitted to the hospital earlier this week. it's his third stay since december. mandela's son announced today that his father was in good spirits and has been able to eat well. the former president contracted tuberculosis when he was a political prisoner and has had lung problems ever since. >>> a health scare for thousands of former patients of an oklahoma debtist who are being told they may have been exposed to hepatitis and hiv. the 7,000 patients were possibly exposed through unsanitary conditions at doct
north of harming peace and stability. the north's new young leader, kim jong-un, has been threatening to attack the south and the u.s. on an almost daily basis. angered by tough new u.s.-led sanctions that followed the third nuclear test in the north. he's also denounced routine u.s./south korean military exercises which included two nuclear capable b-2 stealth bombers. south koreans have become used to the threats from across the border, but the shear volume and violence of the recent rhetoric has people on edge. i'm very afraid and scared, says this woman. though younger south koreans largely shrug it off, this one saying there is a slim chance war will break out. many in the south are now focused on the operations of a vast industrial zone, in calsong, just across the dmz, where 124 south korean companies directly employ more than 50,000 north korean workers. it's a big source of foreign currency for the north. it's weathered many ups and downs in relations and is seen as a barometer of the north's intentions beyond the rhetoric. today the north threatened to shut it do
leader kim jong un. inspecting fortifications across the waters from the demilitar o demilitarized zone with south korea. he told the troops to be ready to annihilate the enemy at any moment. so far a war of words as kim jong un tries to prove his strength and test south korea's newly elected female president, park geun-hye, who held her first cabinet meeting today. as troops held annual exercises, experts worry the threats could get out of control. >> this young leader clearly has displayed some very unpredictable behavior. whether it's firing missiles in weeks following an agreement with the united states or whether it's meeting with dennis rodman. >> reporter: kim cancelled the hotline between north and south. all this prompting a stern warning from the white house. >> we are certainly concerned by north korea's bellicose rhetoric. >> reporter: the white house pressured china to stop kim before it's too late. >> we believe that no country, including china, should conduct business as usual with the north that threatens its neighbors. >> reporter: pyongyang is so desperate for cash it
's homeland. north korean leader kim jong un today reviewed his troops during military exercises. at the pentagon defense secretary chuck hagel warned it's north korea's long-range missiles that have sounded the alarm. >> but north korea in particular has recently made advances in its capabilities and has engaged in a series of irresponsible and reckless provocation. >> reporter: to counter the growing threat from north korea, the u.s. military will bolster the missile defense system in alaska by 50%, adding 14 interceptor missiles at fort greeley designed to intercept and destroy missiles aimed at the continental u.s. the u.s. military will also install an additional high-powered radar in japan to improve early warning capabilities. but why the deep concern now? remarkably, it ramped up last april during this military parade through the streets of pyongyang. u.s. intelligence was shocked to see what appeared to be long-range ballistic missiles that can be fired from mobile launchers with the capability of reaching the u.s. armed with a nuclear warhead. >> obviously without getti
kim jong un has issued almost daily threats including the threat of nuclear strikes on the u.s. and seoul. the north threatened u.s. bases in the pacific following tough u.s.-led sanctions imposed after pyongyang's third nuclear test. pyongyang severed one of the last remaining hotlines to the south, put its troops on what it calls combat readiness and warned that, quote, war may break out at any time. it has already renounced the armistice that ended the korean war 60 years ago. it's all put south koreans on edge. >> translator: if north korea makes a misjudgment, south korea should deliver a strong punishment. >> reporter: so far north korea has not moved beyond rhetoric, despite its recent nuclear and rocket tests analysts doubt the north has yet mastered the technology to mount a nuclear warhead on a missile. kim jong un may be playing to a domestic audience, using the hysteria to rally his people. security officials warn he may be more reckless even than his father, the late kim jong il leading to fears of more conflict on the korean peninsula. >> security officials are
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of the day from overseas. dennis rodman and kim jong un. the north korean leader believed to be the first meeting with an american since taking over for his father. however unofficial. basketball is big in north korea and rodman is there with the harlem globetrotters for the filming of a tv show. >>> up next tonight, the treasure hunt in the american west and some clues this evening where to find the hidden fortune. >>> tonight there are people combing the landscape of the rocky mountains armed with big dreams and a few clues and they are looking for buried treasure. the real kind. it was put there by a man determined to give away a big chunk of his personal fortune to the person lucky enough to find it. his story tonight from nbc's janet shamlian. >> reporter: the new mexico mountains have always attracted nature lovers. but the pristine wilderness has never seen so many explorers. you think you're getting close? >> i always think i'm getting close. but i -- you know. attrition alone will get me somewhere. >> reporter: mark howard has made at least 20 trips here. a modern-day treasure hu
. >>> an all-time odd couple. kim jong-un and former nba bad boy dennis rodman watching a basketball game together in pyongyang. rodman quoted as telling the leader of north korea, quote, you have a friend for life. >>> at the pga honda classic in florida, tiger woods had one that landed in a water hazard. so he took off his shoes and socks and got wet to hit it out and save his par. finishing his day 6 back of the leader. >>> the latest version of the internet dance craze. is the miami heat. they were trying to have fun with what it might be called not the harlem shake, maybe we should call this the south beach shake or something like that. >>> you're watching "early today." good morning and welcome back. temperatures look mild on the west coast for today. we're in the 40s and 50s. l.a. is at about 52 degrees with a huge warmup later on this afternoon. it should once again top out in the 80s. wet in seattle today, an inch or two is possible extreme northwestern washington state and then as we go into tomorrow we should get a break from the heaviest rain inland but it will be falling alon
kim jong-un and at least talk basketball. of the north korean leader, rodman said, quote, he loves power, he loves control because of his dad and stuff like that. he called him honest and awesome. said he loves him. the state department further distances himself -- themselves from the trip. >>> a couple other items in the news tonight. the forbes list of billionaires is out. women now make up just under 10% of the list. many more of them self-made than in recent years. the first lady talked about body image and her two girls today while publicizing her "let's move" campaign. she said, quote, i have two young daughters. we never talk about weight. i make it a point. i don't want our children to be weight-obsessed. i want them to be focused on what do i have to do in this body, because every body is different, end of quote. >>> for folks out east, the hess gasoline truck has been a staple under christmas trees for generations but hess said they're getting out of the retail gasoline business, thus ending an era. some people jokingly ask when the locusts will be coming. israel is worri
chavez is gone, of course, the crazy nut ball dictator void will be filled by north korea's kim jong un. so, it's nice of him to step in and fill that. so, we appreciate that. [ applause ] this is kind of interesting. president obama's half brother, malik obama, is running for governor in kenya. and unfortunately, his political opponents are now spreading the rumor that he was born in hawaii. [ laughter ] [ applause ] horrible, terrible.
the united states. leader kim jong-un is urging his military to be on high alert and threatening the u.s. with a nuclear attack. the u.s. officials say any warhead being built by the north is nowhere near completion. >>> senate democrats unveiled legislation to prevent the government shutdown this month, but the measure stopped short of the sequester's automatic spending cuts. the catch-all bill will fund day-to-day operations of government through september 30th. current funding that runs out on march 27th. the bill from maryland senator barbara mcculskey expands on house legislation. later this morning budget committee chairman paul ryan is expected to release his budget proposal. >>> the man accused in the deadly aurora, colorado, nethear massacre is expected to enter a plea today. court documents confirm 25-year-old james holmes has asked to enter an insanity plea to 166 felony counts of murder. but that plea comes with conditions. late last night, a judge ruled holmes would have to be drugged for a state psychiatric exam. 12 people were killed and 70 others injured in that kl kcol
a day after kim jong-un ran a mock strike. pyongyang has stepped up its rhetoric in recent days. over what it calls hostile, ongoing military drill s betwee south korea and the u.s. although north korea is believed to lack the technology to carry out such an attack washington says it's deploying more anti-missile batteries in alaska to counter a possible threat. >>> a massive man hunt continues this morning as colorado police search for the cold-blooded killer of the head of the state department's state corrections. tom clements was shot at his front door tuesday night in monument, just north of colorado springs. investigators say due to his position as executive director of the corrections department there could be any number of people who may have had a motive to target him. state police have few leads but they are looking for a vehicle that according to a neighbor was left running outside just minutes before the murder. >> that's being described as something lar to, perhaps a late '80s early '90s lincoln, perhaps a cadillac, something of that nature. it's a boxy-style vehicle, if w
for a counterattack. now, officials here don't believe that north korean president kim jong-un wants a full scale war. some fear his unpredictability makes him extremely dangerous, brian. >> jim miklaszewski watching it all from the pentagon tonight. jim, thanks. >>> president obama today named long-time secret service agent julia pierson as the agency's new director. it will mark the first time a woman has ever held the top job. pierson moves up from the chief of staff role at the agency. known most widely for protecting presidents and their families. she takes over now from long time boss, secret service veteran mark sullivan. who dealt with the wake of the prostitution scandal that wounded the agency's reputation. >>> north dakota's governor today signed into law the tough est restrictions on abortion in this country. banning abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected which is usually around six weeks into pregnancy. most experts say the new law violates the nationwide standard under roe versus wade. the supreme court decision. and even supporters of the new measure expected to be overturned.
, kim jong-un, directed at both the southern neighbor and the united states. there are close to 30,000 american troops in south korea, and tonight there are fears one misstep by either side could ignite a powder keg. nbc's ian williams is in south korea tonight with reaction. >> reporter: lester, north korea has continued to ratchet up the pressure, today declaring what it described as a state of war on the korean peninsula. the announcement came on state television, adding that south korea would now be dealt with according to wartime regulations. students were shown marching to wartime songs. it's not clear what exactly the latest threat means. technically, there's been a state of war on the peninsula for 60 years. there hadn't been a peace treaty at the end of the korean war. a spokesman for the south korean
to cover a story. >> kim jong-un, developing bigger, louder, boom, boom bomb. >> they make it up. >> harrison ford alarmed to hear news about blade runner killing girlfriend. >> for 25 years the onion has specialized in satire, silliness and the sophomoric. no subject it off limits. the earningier, the better. the fruits of their labor apparently in their elegant, loft-style chicago office. the onion is so good at making up the news that its content has often been mistaken for real. >> our friends at the onion recently named north korean leader kim jong-un their sexiest man alive for the year 2012. that should have been punchline enough, but neither the chinese nor the north koreans got the joke. the story was redistributed by a chinese news agency and billions read it without humor or irony and that is pretty funny. onion editor will tracy says it happens with some frequency. >> we did a story about -- during the election in which we said that a gallup poll had found that ahmadinejad was polling better than obama in the rural midwest and that was picked up in iran as sort of an
of north korean leader kim jong un's call to arms, chanting "death to the u.s. imperialists." kim said earlier the time had come to, quote, settle accounts with the u.s. in response to a u.s. show of force, b-2 bombers in exercises over south korea. kim has also ordered his missiles on stand by to strike the u.s., south korea, guam, even hawaii. experts doubt he has the ability to hit u.s. targets and think it would be pretty suicidal to try. they believe a full scale conflict is unlikely but do worry about a more localized provocation, perhaps around disputed waters in the yellow sea. there have been several clashes there in recent years, and when i visited the area friday, i found the south most vulnerable islands just ten miles from the north on a high state of alert. the big worry is that a local skirmish or miscalculation could quickly escalate, lester. >> ian williams in south korea for us this morning, thanks. >>> kristen welker is at the white house with reaction this morning from the obama administration. what are you hearing at this point from the white house? >> reporter: we
as basketball ambassador without portfolio, leaving north korea today. dennis rodman said he loves kim jong-un, his countrymen love him, and he adds, he's an awesome guy. all of which is precisely why the state department wanted no part of this trip surrounding the taping of a tv show. >>> if you're a golfer, then you can sympathize with rory mcilroy, ranked number one in the world, who after hitting his second shot into the water today put down his club, walked off the course, got in his car and left, withdrawing from this weekend's honda classic. he said he was not in a good space mentally and is in pain from a wisdom tooth. >>> and talk about a walk-off home run. rose gilbert, a teacher with the los angeles unified school district retired today at the age of 94. for 63 years on the job, she was called "mama g," and she called her students bubalas. a former student said today her colleagues are bereft of losing a gifted educator. if you know of an active teacher more senior than rose, please let us know. >>> a public burial ceremony with full military honors in bakersfield, california today
, voted with the u.s. for the toughest economic sanctions yet, hitting kim jong-un and his generals where it hurts. luxury products like yachts, racing cars and jewelry. >> one of the important provisions of this resolution today was to make clear that a wide range of luxury goods, including some very specific luxury goods, aren't going to be able to be imported for the leadership of north korea, which is living large while starving its people. >> reporter: kim's love of western products and sports was proved again only last week by his bizarre embrace of dennis rodman. despite pyongyang's newest threat, today the u.s. and south korea continued scheduled training exercises in south korea. while officials say the u.s. is well-defended against missile attacks, south korea and japan are increasingly worried about their belligerent neighbor. >> this 28-year-old leader is either trying to embolden himself with the military that run the operations of north korea, or the other way around. the military is exerting force over this young 28-year-old leader, and the saber rattling is serious and we
new video this morning of kim jong-un's recent visit to islands in disputed waters with south korea. state tv says these pictures show the north korean leader supervising a live artillery drill. the exact date of the pictures, unclear. despite a threat of an all-out war by north korea, joint military drills continue between the u.s. and south korea. south korean troops and u.s. soldiers took part in a defense training operation earlier today. in response to those drills, north korea has threatened to reduce south korea to a, quote, sea of fire and stage preemptive nuclear attacks right here in the united states. >>> for the third time in a week, president obama now meeting with congressional leaders to work on a budget consensus which has been very elusive. right now, the president meeting face to face with republican senators and house democrats. yesterday senate democrats unveiling a budget plan calling for $1 trillion in new taxes. earlier this week, house republicans showing off their budget which includes more than $4 trillion in spending cuts, the president expected to unveil
just ten miles from the border. kim jong-un, seen recently peering at this island through binoculars, threatened to turn it into a sea of flames. so he was on that island there? >> yes. >> reporter: does that worry you? this man has lived here for 49 years. he's heard the threats before but never like this. the island is a fortress lined with fencing and mine fields. the fortifications stretch all the way down the coast here. 30 foot wide wall and on top layers of razor wire. locals say the army is tense. a network of underground bomb shelters is being made ready. these are all over the island and have been freshly stocked up with supplies. still most islanders seem determined to stay while keeping a nervous eye on their neighbors to the north. in spite of all the rhetoric against the u.s., it's places like this which are most vulnerable. but any local skirmish or miscalculation could easily escalate. brian? >> ian williams in south korea tonight just over the north korean border, as you saw. >>> let's talk more with our chief foreign affairs correspondent, andrea mitchell, with us f
indicate that kim jong un is preparing his military and steadying his rockets. whether that leads to direct confrontation, experts will tell you, is anybody's guess. what's not speculative is north korean nuclear technology has never been so advance d and its full array of tactics so utilized. if you're talking purely risk, the fears are confirmed this is the greatest risk north korea has ever posed to our safety. i'm sam brock and that is today's reality check. >>> new tonight at 6:00, nasa says a pair of bay area residents bilked nasa and the national science foundation out of more than a million dollars in phony grants. ali kashani and yang zhao have been charged with wire fraud, conspiracy and money laundering. the pair received newmumerous grants totaling $1.2 million. they face 10 to 20 years in prison, res it at this tugs and a quarter million dollar fine. >>> a member of the navy elite's s.e.a.l. team six has been killed and another injured. the accident happened yesterday during routine training in arizona northwest of tucson. the spokesman says the unidentified s.e.a.l.s were prac
his new relationship with kim jong un. >> he is my friend. i don't condone what he does. as far as person to person, he is my friend. >> the trip was planned and filmed by vice media for an upcoming hbo series. the group toured pyongyang and unexpectedly hung out with the young leader, seen courtside during the exhibition game and later sharing dinner and drinks. kim, reported to be a big fan of the chicago bulls during their h heyday. >> one thing he asked me to give obama something to say. he wants obama to do one thing. call him. he said, if you can, dennis, i don't want to do war. he said that to me. >> a request that's getting the attention of the state department. >> mr. rodman does not represent the united states. he has never been a player in our diplomacy. >> reporter: apprentice all-stars. >> he has worn wedding dresses. he gets piercings, tattoos. he loves the publicity, whether it's good or bad. >> reporter: experts say this latest move, just weeks after north korea defiantly conducted a third nuclear test, could actually complicate the diplomatic process. >> shows s
the missile defenses kim jong-un was warned don't even think about it. >> we believe this young lad ought to be deterred by that and if not he will be ready. >> it will be two to three years before the entire missile defense system in alaska and up and running and the $1 billion it will take to pay for it won't show up in the budget until sometime next year. >> once again, here is lester. >> erika, thanks. now to the new troubles for carnival cruises. passengers on a stranded ship are flying back home after their ship malfunctions in the caribbean. just one of the latest in a serious of mishaps tore the cruise company. gabe is at orlando international airport where some of those passengers will arrive later today. >> good morning. passengers of the carnival greem started streaming in friday and we expect that to continue this as they deal with a series of negative headlines. >> this morning some passenger that is flew back to florida on chartered flights are finishing their trip home. they have been standed since wednesday because of a broken back up generator. >> we were treated fabulous
becomes the first american kim jong un has met since taking power over a year ago. he will need to brush up on his geography before his next diplomatic mission because he wrote, quote, maybe i'll run into that gangnam style dude while i'm here. psy is, of course, south crkore. he actually invited him to the united states. the state department may have something to say on that. >> he will appear on "celebrity apprentice," kim jong un. >> that would be great. >> i wish i could take that away right now. >> leave an open iing for gary busey to go over there and run the country. >> we'll take that flop. >> could you really tell them apart? not really. >>> big storm system in the pacific northwest bringing a lot of rain. in fact, we're talking in some parts of the puget sound area up to five inches of rain. the storm system effecting this will be along the midatlantic coast next week. european model has been making its way up the coast. and it could be a significant snow storm for the midatlantic. not so much necessarily for new york city, but anywhere from norfolk to washington, d.c., philade
on the korean peninsula where kim jong-un visited north korea's front line troops urging them to be on high alert for possible war. pyongyang is threatening to cancel the agreement that ended the war. whether or not they are capable of launching an attack, the u.s. is vowing to protect the regional allies. >>> three crew members aboard a u.s. navy plane are dead after a crash near spokane, washington. the military plane was on a training mission monday when it crashed into a field. >>> an iowa police officer is a hero this morning after pulling an unconscious teen from his burning car. the 18-year-old had become trapped after crashing into the side of a church. police say he'd been doing donuts in the snow. he will be charged with reckless driving once he's released from the hospital. >>> and a little oopsy for a ball girl at spring training down in florida. check out what happens when this hooters girl gets a little too proactive with her job. >> and that is a fair ball right over the bag. still in play, of course. she realized her mistake soon enough even covered her face there with hermi
of putting a nuclear warhead on its missile. kim jong-un was reviewing his troops after state television said it would launch a preemptive strike against the u.s. even if that is an empty threat, the u.s. could be drawn into a military clash to defend south korea. today south korea said if pyongyang attacked its country, it would erase north korea from the face of the earth. south korea and japan are now increasingly worried as the threat level reaches new heights under this new young leader, only 28 years old, and already he is really changing the landscape of threats. >> a story we are keeping a close eye on. andrea mitchell in washington, thank you. >>> >>> counterterrorism adviser john brennan was approved by the senate thursday as the new cia director. the vote came after the obama administration assured opponents that the u.s. would not use a drone to kill an american terror suspect who is not engaged in combat on american soil. >>> in venezuela, a hero's sendoff today for hugo chavez, a harsh critic of the u.s. who ruled for 14 years. nbc's mark potter is in caracas. good morning, mark
of southern california. >>> more tough talks this morning from north korea and the regime of kim jong-un. today, north korea said it has cut off a key hotline with south korea, a move that increases the already high tensions in that region. a hotline had allowed cross-border travel to a jointly run industrial complex. north korea is doing that because in its words, war could break out at any moment. >>> magnitude 6 earthquake strung over taiwan. at least one person was killed crushed by a collapsing. falling objects -- >> a new sinkhole is apparently opened up three miles from where a man was killed by a sinkhole less than a month ago. this would be the fourth sinkhole in the area near tampa, florida, this month. a 37-year-old man died when his house was swallowed. tuesday, two families evacuated their duplex. officials are testing the soil around the homes. >>> now for a look at what's trending today. our quick roundup of what has you talking online. there is outrage on yahoo and elsewhere over a specialty food store in australia that charges customers a $5 looking fee. if they buy noth
kim jong-un say his rocket forces are on standby ready to strike the u.s. this comes just a day after the u.s. sent b-2 stealth bombers to that region to drop dummy munitions as part of military drills with south korea, and while the latest threats from north korea do raise concerns of local conflict, experts do not believe that pyongyang has the capacity to strike the u.s. >>> homes threatened by landslide on washington state's whidbey island are still in danger this morning. experts say the landslide was 900 feet wide and some 1,500 feet deep and was likely caused by years of wet weather. one home was destroyed. 18 others are in danger, and the soil is still shifting. >>> prosecutors in colorado are rejecting a plea offer that would keep movie theater shooting suspect james holmes in prison for the rest of his life in exchange for avoiding the death penalty. 12 people were killed and 70 others were injured in that mass shooting last summer. >>> a new push for the environment this morning from the obama administration. the environmental protection agency unveils a new proposal to tig
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